One of the top brands in the antivirus market since its inception, Mcafee Antivirus quickly rose to heights in the late 90’s as the most proficient antivirus software available. Currently owned by Intel Security Group, Mcafee antivirus products are still a powerhouse in the market, banking on almost 30 years of experience offering PC protection products.

 

It cannot be denied that McAfee has a lot to offer in the cyber protection world, from protecting mobile phones to safeguarding large organization server bases, but what can they do for you, the person reading this article, when it comes to protecting computers, and should you give them a try?

 

Why Choose McAfee Internet Security?

mcafee internet security

Mcafee is filled with great features, from safely storing passwords to permanent deletion of sensitive files. In terms of the basic functionality, McAfee antivirus products continue to score well with comparative organizations. In a recent test from AV­TEST, the latest McAfee product picked up 98.1% of new malware samples and 99.9% of the existing malware samples, (industry average of 97% and 99% respectively).

 

Mcafee’s most basic antivirus product, ‘McAfee Total Protection,’ has a $49.99 / year price tag and a slew of awards advocating their product, which is a great indicator of good value for money. This initial assumption is supported by a strong feature set, offering much more than just removal of different types of malware.

 

The base product seems to be a culmination of a number of other products in the McAfee range, pulling features from many different security solutions they offer in other packages. The icing on the cake is the ability to, ‘Protect every device you own with the same subscription at no extra cost.’ This looks past what other antivirus companies offer as ‘multiple licenses’ and we think it is a great addition to the service. Overall, McAfee proves itself to be well worth the $50 price tag.

 

If you need support, it is relatively easy to get, you can choose between chat support, email support and phone support, all available around the clock. During a period of high volume, we only had to wait 2 minutes to connect with a representative at McAfee via chat support, so we can vouch for their availability. Their support avenues aren’t just good for helping with the product, they are also a great way to brush up on your linguistics as they offer phone support in 10 different countries and 5 different languages, as well as chat support in over 20 languages.

Pros

Tune Up

Faster Scanning

Phone Support

Live Chat Support

Market Value

Cons

Short on Features

Covers only Web Protection

Key Features

Privacy Page

The new features all show up on  McAfee Internet Security’s Privacy page. If you choose to manage passwords, you’ll find that it launches your default browser and offers to install the True Key browser extension.

 

Spam Levels System

McAfee Internet Security offers spam filtering. Most users should leave the spam protection level at the default Balanced setting.

 

Parental Content Filter

The Parental control filter creates default allowed and blocked lists based on the child’s age. You use the arrow buttons to move a category from one list to the other.

 

Parental Time Scheduling

McAfee Internet Security lets parents limit the child’s Internet access to specified times, but configuring this feature can be quite awkward. With other similar systems, you can just drag a rectangle to enable a block of time on every day of the week.

 

True Key Password Manager

Your subscription to McAfee Internet Security gets you one user profile for the True Key Password manager, and the ability to sync that profile across unlimited devices.

 

Authentication Factor

McAfee Internet Security’s True Key supports a wide variety of authentication factors including biometrics, master password, and the availability of a second trusted device.

 

Spyware Removal

Spyware secretly monitors what you do on your computer. Its aim is usually to capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details. McAfee Internet Security removes these harmful spywares in your computer.

 

Web Protection

Detects which websites are safe and can be trusted. This feature blocks malware websites and downloads.

 

Real-Time Protection

Real Time protection runs in the background and monitors your system continuously, blocking malware before it gets on your hard-drive.

 

Removes Adware

McAfee removes adware that automatically displays or downloads advertising material such as banners or pop-ups.

Other Features

Anti-Malware

Anti-Adware

Anti-Fraud

Scheduled Scans

Firewall

Tuneup

Phone Support

Real Time Data Protection

Browser Manager

Blocks Phishing Websites

Web Security

Social Network Protection

Scheduled Scans

Operating System

Microsoft Windows Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 SP1 (32- and 64-bit)
Mac Mac OS X 10.12 or later
Android Android smartphones and tablets 4.1 or higher
iOS iOS 10 or later

Other Requirements

Supported Browsers Internet Explorer 10.0 or later; Firefox; Google Chrome; Safari (Mac and iOS OS Only)
Internet Connection Required High-speed connection recommended
Supported Email Programs for Anti-SPAM POP3—Outlook, Thunderbird MAPI (Microsoft Exchange Server); — Outlook WebMail— Any webmail account with IMAP/POP3 access; Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2013, 2016; Thunderbird 38.0+

Hardware Requirement

RAM 2GB
Storage 500MB Free Drive Space
Processor 1GHz

How To Use

Think McAfee Internet Security will be a good fit for your business needs?

Learn more about McAfee Internet Security‘s features and current price here.

 

Detailed steps are shown below. After you redeem your activation code, you can download and install your McAfee software:

  • Open a web browser and go to the link shown on your retail card (for example, mcafee.com/activate). Or:- Go to home.mcafee.com.
    – Click Account in the upper-right corner.
    – Click Redeem your Retail Card.
    – Type the activation code from your retail card and click Submit.
    – Type your email address.
    – Click Next
  • Select your country and language.
    The registration page tries to select the correct region, but it might not find the correct region. Confirm that the region is correct before you continue.
  • Type:
    – Your Email Address.
    – The activation code from your retail card.
  • Click Submit.
  • When prompted, confirm that your Email Address is correct. If your email address is incorrect:
    – Return to the previous screen by clicking Edit.
    – Correct your email address.
  • Click Verify. Your subscription is now activated.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to create a McAfee account and install your McAfee software.

About McAfee

McAfee, LLC formerly known as McAfee Associates, Inc. in 1987–2014, and Intel Security Group in 2014–2017, is an American global computer security software company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, McAfee claims to be the world’s largest dedicated technology security company.

 

The company was purchased by Intel in February 2011,and became part of the Intel Security division. McAfee primarily develops digital-security tools for personal computers and server devices, and more recently, for mobile devices.

Final Thoughts

McAfee Internet Security offers all expected suite features, antivirus, firewall, antispam, parental control, and more. But you get the best of these features in McAfee’s standalone antivirus, for quite a bit less.

 

McAfee’s generous installation policy makes its antivirus products attractive to individuals or families with many devices to protect. McAfee Internet Security 2020 protects all types of computers from online assault, shreds inconvenient files and defends against cryptojacking. But it lacks the hardened browser and webcam protection that Bitdefender has, and the basic antivirus protections aren’t as good as those from Kaspersky or Norton. Still, the flagship Total Protection + VPN includes a lot of protection and features for the money.

 

Overall, McAfee Internet Security 2020 can provide you with good web protection, privacy protection and parental control. For it’s price, McAfee Internet Security is really a bang on the buck.

 

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After reading the article, did it convince you to give McAfee Internet Security a try? Or do you want to keep your options open? If you’d like to know about other types of internet security software available in the market, go and check out other reviews in other sections of Firewall Guide.